Roger Huerta Meets Phil Baroni at One FC: Destiny of Warriors

May 25, 2012
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Roger Huerta
A pair of former UFC fighters will look to get back on track as Roger Huerta meets Phil Baroni at One FC: Destiny of Warriors on June 23 in Malaysia.

Huerta’s manager Ali Abdel-Aziz of Dominance MMA confirmed the fight to on Friday evening.

Following a run in the UFC’s lightweight division, Huerta not only made the cover of Sports Illustrated, but also came close to a shot at the 155lb title.

Unfortunately he came up short in back to back fights against Kenny Florian and Gray Maynard before shifting over to Bellator Fighting Championships in 2010.

Following a win in his debut, Huerta suffered consecutive losses once again dropping bouts to Pat Curran and Eddie Alvarez before leaving the promotion. Huerta then lost to former Ultimate Fighter competitor War Machine in a welterweight bout before taking some time off to retool and refocus.

Now back on his game, Huerta will look to rebound in 2012 and it starts in June with his bout at One FC in Malaysia.

Facing Huerta will be fellow former UFC fighter Phil Baroni, who fought on the inaugural One FC card in 2011 losing by decision to Yoshiyuki Yoshida.

Baroni has been out of action since that time, but now looks to make a splash in 2012 as he faces Huerta in a bout with fireworks written all over it.

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  • At 170 I assume

  • adam1848

    Roger Huerta has one of the more puzzling careers I can think of. Dude looked unstoppable. Had an absolute war with Garcia, TKOed Doug Evans and Alberto Crane and then SUBED Guida! Then has back to back loses against Florian and Maynard (two of the best LWs in the world) and gets released from the UFC!? Why? But the crazy part is, he has lost 3 of his last 4, outside the UFC. Either Joe SIlva is psychic, something serious happened to Huerta which I haven’t heard about, or all that fame, cover photos, publicity, etc really destroyed this guys mental game. EIther way, I find it hard to believe a guy who finished Clay Guida just lost 5 of his last 6 fights.

    • adam1848

      How can you justify releasing a guy after losing a split decision to Maynard?

      • elguapo

        Hmmm not sure if I’m right here but I seem to remember there was some sort of contractual dispute between Huerta and the UFC prior to his release. Something to do with filming a movie or tv show rings a bell. Either way, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a standard consecutive losses therefore you’re cut scenario. And if it was then that’s just ridiculous, no shame in losing to florian and Maynard.

        • RubeKegal

          Interesting point…I was thinking same thing as Adam….no shame in losing split to Adam, and Huerta was not a boring fighter by any means.

        • The_Sheriff

          Yeah, I don’t remember the exact details but I remember it already being known that the Maynard fight would be his last in the UFC. I can’t remember if it was the last fight on a contract that wouldn’t be renewed or if he was getting out a contract due to disputes but there was no secret he was moving on after that fight.

    • Prodigy815

      Roger Huerta was one of the most over-hyped fighters ever and he wasn’t released by the UFC his contract ended and he decided to sign with Bellator because they gave him more freedom than the UFC if i remember correctly.

  • pooby

    If Huerta can’t beat Baroni, he needs to hang it up. Or…..go back to beating up woman beaters in the streets for youtube vids.

  • bdono554

    Clay was beating the crap out of him until he landed a knee and that win over Garcia keeps looking less and less impressive. Huerta is just like Joe Riggs beats everyone he should but falls flat on his face against top tier fighters.

    • RubeKegal

      Yeah Clay almost put him out at the end of I believe the 1st.